Cool Dude

I made a “Cool Dude” shirt, inspired by the one Papyrus wears on his date in the game Undertale, and uhh… this happened…

NYEH HEH HEH!

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My Kintsugi Project

I’d been curious about finding a food safe epoxy for a sort of “Kintsugi” project for some time now. After I broke some plates, I decided I’d finally try it. I found this tutorial on YouTube which also recommends a food safe epoxy to try, and I thought it was really good:

However, I made two changes to this method:

One, I guess because it is winter, the resin was not nearly tacky enough to hold together the ceramic any earlier than 2 hours, so I increased the wait time.

Two, I bought some 24k gold dust for the final dusting, instead of using food coloring. I think it really makes an incredible difference. And 24k gold is food safe, and and 5 grams of it cost the same as 5 grams of the food coloring dust he recommended, so I didn’t really see any reason not to use it? I guess if you want to microwave it, but honestly the look of the real gold is so superior that I’m willing to sacrifice microwavability.

I will also add that, adding coloring to the binding resin seemed useless, as the final coat painted on top is totally opaque? I did that anyway, but couldn’t figure out why it was suggested. It seemed like it just made cleanup the next day more difficult and everything more messy in general.

Here are the resulting plates:

Kintsugi Project
Kintsugi Project

While I was practicing on the plates, I accidentally dropped my work mug (whilst at work).

Kintsugi Project

I was scooping up all the shards and throwing them away, when I realized that maybe it would be a good project to try “kintsugi-ing” that mug as well. My employer had recently been acquired by a larger company, and they are now closing our site. I had thought that I’d keep the mug as a souvenir of all the trials and tribulations, and since the idea of wabi-sabi is that a thing is more beautiful for the life it has lived and its wear and breaks are a part of its history and aesthetic, I thought that was a healthy attitude to apply to this situation. So, yeah, it is a cheap corporate mug, but the process in this case was largely a symbolic one.

Here are some photos after the initial join, before the final gold step on top:

Kintsugi Project
Kintsugi Project
Kintsugi Project

And here are some photos of the mug after it is all done, and I painted on the final part on top and dusted 24k gold dust onto the fresh resin:

Kintsugi Project
Kintsugi Project
Kintsugi Project

Tah-daaah!

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Sundance 2019

Welp, we went to Sundance again for 2019! Last time was 2017. It was a lot of fun! So many great films, and lots of skiing.

Sundance 2019: Q&A for Indie Episodic 1
Here is the Q&A for the Indie Episodic 1

For me, the highlights of Sundance were:

Indie Episodic 1 We attended specifically for the Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, but every single short film in this was absolutely fantastic

The Witch Hunters A Serbian children’s film that was really good, and honestly had some of the most realistic depictions of children’s dialogue and relationships I’ve seen

Hail Satan? A documentary about the Satanic Temple and its political activism

And then highlights for the rest of the trip included…

Meeting a crow and an owl:

Sundance 2019
A cute little crow
Sundance 2019
It has been noted that the owl and I strongly resemble each other

Skiing…

Sundance 2019
Snow Selfie

And a fancy dinner in the Viking Yurt, up on the mountain, accessible by sleigh (the ski lifts weren’t running anymore after 5PM):

Sundance 2019
About to go to the Viking Yurt for dinner
Sundance 2019
I believe the dress code was “Viking Casual”
Sundance 2019
Doc being silly on the mountain
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